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It is prudent to point out
LTE-A will be!!!!!
We'll probably know by the time CES comes around.
Sprint will have the slowest LTE network due to an overloaded network and will have spotty coverage in big city(like NYC) and rural area.
AT&T will have a Edge, H+, LTE, and LTE-A networks all up an running and only the biggest and most populated cities will have the fastest networks.
Verizon will have a consistent and reliable LTE network but in big cities Verizon will lag behind AT&T in speed.
Done in what sense?
Or done with making every bit of Verizon coverage LTE?